In this case that hardworking visionary is Sally Herbert, an Air Force Reserve vet who served in Operation Desert Storm and aims to employ other returning vets as part of her community-minded mission to grow exceptional greens in urban greenhouses.
Food retailers from coast to coast are increasingly turning to indoor, vertical and greenhouse farming to meet the demand for locally grown produce, reduce food miles and offer the freshest product possible.
In Colorado, there is no such thing as a typical farmer: The hardworking farmers growing our food are as diverse as the crops and livestock they produce. Meet the men and women, military veterans, minority farmers and Native American tribes who grow your food.
Sally Herbert’s urban farm in Curtis Park uses less water and land to produce lettuce, arugula, and other greens for Denver’s booming restaurant scene-and for your kitchen table.
An urban agrihood community in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood is providing a greener lifestyle, for residents and the public. The condominiums in S*Park, or Sustainability Park, have environmentally-friendly features like solar power, recycled brick and compost valet. The Westfield Company development has teamed up with Altius Farms to bring urban farming to the whole community.
It was 8:15 Tuesday morning and the greenhouse was just waking up for the day. Spurred by an electrical panel that serves as its brain, its roof vents had popped open, letting in the cool, morning air. Meanwhile, the human staff of Altius Farms was already busy doing its work.
US firm Tres Birds Workshop has topped a Japanese restaurant in Denver, Colorado with a greenhouse featuring soil-free growing towers. The building is located within a block-long, mixed-use development called S*Park, short for Sustainability Park. Local studio Tres Birds Workshop designed the entire development – which encompasses housing, commercial space and urban farming – near the downtown area of the Colorodo city.
If you’ve recently walked down Lawrence Street in RiNo, you have probably have been stopped in your tracks by the sight of a rooftop garden. At the very least, you’ve probably wondered what was going on above Uchi.
It’s not uncommon to hear about a new restaurant in RiNo. But how about a new farm that supplies food to those restaurants? Altius Farms is a new urban farm at the S*Park development at 25th and Lawrence streets that specializes in vertical, aeroponic growing.
Denver is about to get another restaurant by a James Beard Award winner. Chef Tyson Cole’s Uchi will open on Oct. 4 in the River North neighborhood, according to a press release. It will become part of S*Park, a new sustainability-focused development that utilizes solar energy, a vertical greenhouse and an urban soil farm.
People walking or driving by Altius Farms have picked up their phone to call and ask about the greenhouse at 25th and Lawrence. The glass-enclosed structure houses an urban farm that is using advanced technology to change the way we think about growing food.
Sally Herbert is looking for higher ground in RiNo. Instead of a penthouse with mountain views or a rooftop bar, the Air Force veteran and GS1 executive plans to grow lettuce. And this farm requires some vertical. Dissatisfied with Denver’s urban agriculture and farming, Herbert founded Altius Farms with the goal of growing produce on a footprint that spreads up, not out.